This week, I want to make special mention of Jonny Farrow (Oakfield), who has been pivotal in the pick-up and delivery of our prescriptions from both Faringdon and Shrivenham Health Centres. As many will know, Jonny runs his own taxi business, but whilst the lockdown is in place, he volunteered to help with these prescription pick-ups, which are so important for the recipients. Jonny has already picked up around 60 prescriptions and so far, without any issues or mistaken deliveries, which is fantastic. Remember collections are each Wednesday for Faringdon Health Centre and Thursday for The Elms, Shrivenham. Jonny suffered a family bereavement a few weeks ago, (not to Covid 19), so it is both remarkable and typical of him to commit to helping others at this enormously difficult time for him personally. And by the way, he also refused to accept any petrol money for his journeys…
Each week, going forwards, I thought it might be helpful to focus on the lives of one of our households and to see how they are coping with the lockdown. To start the ball rolling, the Smiths of Pieman’s Thatch volunteered to be interviewed by our roving reporter (my husband Robbie!). The interview was by Face Time so no social distancing rules were broken!
The Smiths comprise of Richard and Vanessa, their children, Oscar (11) and Nancy (9), and, of course, their black Labrador, Mable. Vanessa is the daughter of Carol King and was born in the village, whereas Richard was a ‘newby’, from East Sussex when he arrived 20 years ago. They bought Pieman’s Thatch in 2007, did a great job of renovating and extending it and then moved in in 2008. Richard runs his own construction business whilst Vanessa is a teacher at Covingham Primary School, Swindon. Nancy goes to Longcot Primary School and Oscar attends Faringdon Community College.
Q. What’s the hardest part of the lockdown? They each admitted that they are beginning to irritate each other! Oscar and Nancy miss their friends. Vanessa misses school!
Q. Any tips on surviving lockdown? Oscar said ‘Keep a sense of humour!’, whilst Richard said ‘find a good book!’
Good luck to the Smith family. What was clearly apparent from talking to them was their resolve and determination to get through this difficult period, and their generosity of spirit.
Best wishes to everyone.
Remember to Stay at Home, Protect the NHS and Save Lives.